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    December 9, 2012
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that's all talk and no acti. weather ad libs 07:16:22:29 brown: the peopn s are firmly . we are less than three weeks away from falling over
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the fiscal cliff. is power players are all talk and no action. >> no real weather issues in the weather department. that is a good thing. this weekend plenty of changes on tap and changes coming midweek. we will detail it for you in a minute or two. >> people in san francisco are firmly of the opinion that you would use your taser every 30 seconds. >> people are all fired up over the debate on tasers. we sat down with the top cop for more on the stun gun proposal. >> no sooner did the legislature go back in session than there is already talk about modifying the biggest tax law in the state. >> that affects all property owners, plus drones. we are talking about remote control airplanes with cameras on them and how they can help law enforcement and privacy
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advocates concerned. more on that. >> and more back and forth between the white house and republicans in congress showing no signs of letting up. >> yes , there are three weeks left until the u.s. goes over the fiscal cliff. we have been talking about that for weeks now. we have more on the progress, or lack there of, in washington. >> reporter: in his saturday weekly address, president obama signaled he is open to making cuts on programs like medicare and medicaid if republicans agree to raise tax rates for the rich. >> i am willing to find way to bring down the cost of health care without hurting seniors and other american who is depend on it. i am willing to make more entitlement spending cuts on top of the $1 trillion in spending cuts i signed into law last year. >> his talks came after speaker of the house john boehner reported the talks are stalled. >> there is no progress to report.
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>> his democratic counterpart, pelosi, blames bangle they returned an -- blames boehner. >> they returned an empty letter lacking in specifics. >> federal income tax rates will go back up to the higher clinton era levels and long term unemployment benefits will dry up for over 2 million americans who have been out of work for six months or more. on friday bade boehner did not rule out a compromise on tax hikes for top earner, somewhere between 25% and the clinton era 36%. even if the two sides are making progress behind the scene, no one expects them to admit it until the last minute. but the office of management and budget has asked federal agencies for a list of possible cuts just in case there is no
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deal. cbs news, the white house. >> here is an economic indicator. there may be a boost going on in american business. a brisk holiday shopping season. that is under way right now. fedex is gearing up for its busiest day of the year as a result. a record 19 million packages are expected to ship out tomorrow. that is more than double the amount handled on a typical day. fedex says most of the increase in shipment is because of a big jump in online holiday orders. another holiday tradition, red kettle and bell salvation army ringers. >> yes. college students are calling for a ban of salvation army on campus, after allegations of being insensitive to lesbians and transgenders online. university officials are
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considering a campuswide ban of the group. the salvation army denies allegations in a recent statement. funeral services are being held for a 15 year-old and 16- year-old. the two girl were best friends shot two weeks ago near brookdale park. so far police have not made any arrests. the man accused of killing sierra lamar will be arraigned tomorrow. he has been accused of three other attempted kidnappings. the 21-year-old was charged last month in connection with those assaults. the incidents took place in 2009, all in safeway parking lots. torres was employed at the safeway in morgan hill. and in san francisco's richmond drinking, three men with a gun -- district, three men with a gun chased a woman into her home last night.
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when she got into the house she screamed to her robber, don't come in, but it was too late. he got away with jewelry and other valuable, but no one was hurt. more than 200 people went on strike last month. electrician, security personnel and janitors approved a new contract that includes a 2.5% cost of living raise in 2013 and 2014. the board of commissioners still has to approve the deal. and a north bay oyster company is fighting an eviction order by the federal government. the agreement between the company and environmental agency expired last month.
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>> yes. look at these little guys. 100 were discovered in the vallejo arena. it is a sign that the echo system is starting to recover. >> reporter: the city of vallejo was prejudicing its public marina when it dug something up, something no one expected, something odd. >> i have been here 23 years and i have never seen these guys before. >> reporter: california oysters. although small and not too many, these oysters are sensitive to water quality. >> the water is getting better and the quality is getting much improved. >> reporter: this hasn't always been the case. for over 100 years a shipyard operator across the river and legend has it once in the 1940s the water caught fire. that combined with agriculture runoff in the napa valley created nasty water. down river matthew sears
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manages the 112-year-old vallejo yacht club. he said since shipping closed and wildlife has improved, the wildlife is returning. >> we have salmon, straight bass. they don't have a chance. he gets them every time. >> reporter: there is still a lot of work to be done, but the small critters are making big splash. while is oysters are a good indicator that the napa river is getting better all the time, i still wasn't eat them. coming up next, what may be a new challenge by the democratic majority in sacramento. >> prop 13. the people's initiative to limit property taxation. hour conversation with state senator mark leno, next. >> and it is back. device that is shoot 50,000- volts of electricity. next, the stun gun proposal
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and conversation with the police chief. more rain coming back to the bay area, but not until midweek, as you can see. not looking bad out there on sunday morning. not bad. a little chilly. we will do the numbers. we will have the entire forecast coming your way after we pay a bill or two.
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supervisors calls for some officers to carry stun guns. we turn to former mayor wile brown and police chief greg suhr. first question to san francisco's top cop - have u ever been tased? . well, we turned to former mayor willy brown and the police chief regarding the debate on stun guns. our first question to the top cop was, okay, have you ever been tazed? >> when he was mayor, we looked at it ten years ago and i tried it. i am telling you, it works. >> reporter: why the
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objectionality the board? >> objection at the board? >> some people believe under every circumstance you can resolve the situation and you would never have to use a weapon to resolve yourself but that has not proven to be the case other time. >> what makes san francisco so resistant. >> i think the people of san francisco that object tasers are firmly of the opinion you would sell them, your fatal weapon, or you would use your taser every opportunity you have, every 30 seconds. >> reporter: is it right? >> i would say the tests over time nationally show that that is the case when you outfit an entire police department at the same time. that is not what i am asking for. we are suggesting we give it to 5% of the police department. the most well trained to deal with those in crisis and those most at need to use them.
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>> reporter: the most deadly weapon is gun. >> yes. >> reporter: everybody has that. >> the best trained. >> reporter: but only the best trained get less deadly? >> for starters. i am trying to ask for something that has been shown nationally the way to do it. right for a slow roll out. the officers that want it will have to go to training that otherwise they may not take. >> that is politics? >> not really. you see if the opportunity presents itself to stabilize the situation until one of the specialists arise, then you would properly use the well- trained guy. period. >> reporter: or not. >> that is correct. >> reporter: and in the meantime the people with guns will have the make the split second decision. >> you had a good point there. they are taking baby steps into this, though. >> it is. a lot of people in san
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francisco just really believe -- they don't want cop so is interest them to begin with, so, they feel this is a step that goes into more of the direction of arming the police. you can weigh in. >> yes. there will be a stun gun pilot program meeting on january 9th. the weather forecast, sunshine? >> yes. a lot of it. i would think there are a number of fun things you will want to do outside and if shopping is among them, the weather will cooperate. what a difference a week makes. we are starting out with high clouds with temperatures this morning in the upper 30s to low 50s in the bay area. the skies are as blue as a swimmer's lips out there, in many parts of the bay area, especially is south banks. numbers are in the 40s. high clouds early. winds will be picking up. the next rain is coming in on wednesday. here is how it looks out on the eastern pacific. you will see this low over the
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inner mountain region whisking out that way. the flow in the pacific targeted at the bay area last week has now lifted to the north. when you are on the time lapse, you will see this stay over western canada and british columbia. the jet stream is taking everything north of california because of the high pressure out there. it is over the top of the high. sunny yet breezy today. the winds will be picking up more today out of the northwest. a dry direction. say we don't get my fog this morning, plenty of sun and a few high clouds. dense fog advisories. 'tis the season in the central valley. low vent lifting at 9:00 in a few minutes. for san francisco, mostly sunny skies if you are heading out on monday. for the rest of the country, cool in chicago. rain for new york tomorrow. out of the bay area things look good. 60s for the most part. 64 at mountainview on monday.
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63 at antioch and 64 in danville. the north bay, napa valley and mohammed valley things look -- gnome valley things look nice. -- mohammed valley. it may rain, it may not. boy did that sound like a weatherman. stupid tomorrow we will have -- stay tuned tomorrow. we will have more details. >> thank you, brian. the changing of prop 13 may be the first for the super majority fight in sacramento. >> yes. we have more on the people initiative to win the property taxation. that prop 13. we asked him about the pieces. >> there are a lot of piece to
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it. prop 13 says to pass a special tax for schools, for example -- . >> or libraries. >> or libraries or parks, 2/3 is the threshold that voters must support it for so it can be enacted. we are suggesting 35 years ago lowered to 55%. this past november partial taxes for schools. >> so, you want to drop it down. but again, when it comes to homeowners and the idea of prop 13, even that has changed a bit. older homeowners now benefit from it and the younger homeowners are saying i am paying this and you are paying not. do you feel the mood has changed on the overall idea of prop 13. >> it is difference between someone who supports it and someone who doesn't.
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>> if it changes hands -- i have been in my home 30 years. the next door neighbor on the left and right pay ten times in property taxes than what i pay. >> why is that? >> i think we do reach a tipping point at some point. again, not to give anyone a nervous attitude. no one is suggesting we should be suggesting how we adjust residential property taxes. >> commercial properties are up. they get transferred when companies sell, bought and sold. >> which means they are not reassessed, the commercial properties are not paying higher taxes. they are paying the same taxes they were 40 years ago. this is the most dramatic view of it. in 1978 the taxes have flipped. we residential owners are paying 06% and commercial 40%.
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so, we are subsidizing very large corporations that are not paying their fair share. >> change that rule is changing the language and could be a problem for the legislature, re-dining what transfer is. you are initiative would go to a vote of the people, drop from 65% to 55%. >> because people put it in place. >> this could be done by the legislature. do you see the legislature taking on commercial interest because they are big bank rollers in politics? >> yes, they are. one way would be to make it clear that prop 13 does not cover commercial properties. that would have to go back to the voters roll, and our former assemblyman has been lead that charge. we have been trying to clarify what the definition of transfer of property is. unlike a homeowner, there are usually one or two owners to a
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property. but for commercial properties there could be seven partners. as long as no more than 50% of the shares change hands, there is no transfer. commercial properties continue to increase in value, but we the people don't see any benefit in the amount of the property taxes. >> now that the democrat is in control of both house, last question really quick. what are the odds of us seeing a change in the next two years. >> depending on the different pieces? i am hoping we can get 2/3 of the legislature to put this idea of lowering the threshold specifically for partial taxes on the ballotment let the voters decide. with regard to the redefinition of transfer, that will be more difficult but i am also hoping we can do it. it is public policy. >> that doesn't necessarily mean it will work. >> you are right. and these business ventures have a lot of power in sacramento. yes, you are right. >> well, that is going to be interesting, because you know some of those business interests contribute a lot of
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money to both party, something else the senator pointed out. it will be an interesting fight. and speaking of fights. that brings you to all of the acts in sin city. >> had big fight between the paque man and marquez and unusual fan with a ringside seat. ♪ ghirardelli squares chocolate... ♪a little rendezvous savor our luscious filling combined with our slow melting chocolate. ♪that little reward for all the things you do.♪ only from ghirardelli.
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pacquiao ( pak'-ee-ow ) andn manuel marquez. the two rivs faced off last night at the
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m-g-m grand in las vegas. ad each b . in boxing, two rivals faced off at mgm grand in las vegas. each boxer scored knockdowns but the match ended in six rounds dramatically in marquez knocked the paqueman out. and mitt romney had a ringside seat for it all. romney and his wife were guest office the chairman of the state commission. romney's presence largely went unnoticed by boxing fans in attendance. >> and our own sportscaster was shaken up by the fight last night. >> good morning. i am still shake from the fight last night. knocked out in the 6th round by marquez in the fourth meeting between the two welter weights. the 2012 heisman trophy
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announcement came out yesterday. quarterback johnny manziel of texas a&m the winner. up here by 2. wizards had to miss this one. no, no, no! hang on, were i don't remembers, 101-97 to 13 and 7 after 20 games. another open division title, chris williams and andrew buckley made it 20-0 early. they beat folsom 49-15 to go to state. and north amine el khalifi football, division -- north
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cal football, 27-24. and catholic headed to state, beat sutter final 23-7. speaking of football, we have the 49ers and miami dolphins right here on cbs 5 for the 5th quarter potato game show. you do not want to miss that. have a good day, everybody. >> vernon a right. there is your reminder. today at 1:00 you can see the big game. 5th quarter right after. should be a good one. a word of advice, take a look at your money. >> coming up also in the next half hour the new drone war in the east bay. >> we have a lot coming up. stay tuned. 3-step process to tell real ,
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are looking up for the golden state. >> that is right. and looking up around here, as well. welcome back to cbs 5 eyewitness news this morning. welcome back. i am phil matier. >> and i am anne makovec. we have a lot coming back in the next half hour. we are talking about remote control airplanes, drone, they call them, with cameras attached and how they could affect privacy in some local neighborhoods. >> especially in the east bay where the mayor wants to start using them. and the weather. we are happy again. meanwhile, a recent effort to provide free muni passes for local cool children in san francisco has provoked a lot of debate. >> yes. and now, another fare idea that could turn the muni riders plans upside down. >> reporter: the municipal transportation agency is thinking of changing the way
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you pay for transit is. muni is thinking of basing price on a person's income, instead of age or ability. >> i make less money. i would be happy about that. >> reporter: muni has been providing talks for months about allowing low income youth to ride for free. >> we would have to work on it but there would have to be a financial record that would have to be provide to get a discount on this. >> reporter: riders have mix feelings on it. >> one branch of government having the records of what i make. >> i don't want my information scattered here and there. i don't know where it would end up. >> reporter: musician i thinks the program would be a wash financially with richer older riders paying more, while youngers pay less. but seniors and disabled people would still get a discount of at least 50%. it is federal law. right now the discount is 66%.
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the bay area lead transit planning body is conducting a study on the issue which means it would go beyond muni, possibly to bart, facilitated by the clipper car system, but right now it is menu i full steam ahead. >> we would be one of the first to look at something like this. >> staffer will be drawing up a plan to give to the board of directors early next year. if that is approved the system could be put in place that same year. meanwhile in the south bay, some power players in san jose are rushing to pay back santa clara county for tax payer funded meals. now one man is in hot water for paying for meals with the mercury county credit card. now the county is being reimbursed for more than $1,500. they include a city council member, a political consultant and deposit if i police chief.
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well, today, in -- stepty police chief. well, today in america -- deputy police chief. well, today an early morning operation outside kabul says a rescue was ored after intelligence indicated that dr. joseph was in danger of being physically harmed. he had been abducted five days ago. the president of pakistan traveled to the hospital where a schoolgirl is being treated after being shot in the head by the taliban while in pakistan back in october. she was campaigning for girl's education. and in britain, police are talking to australia authorities about a prank call that took a tragic turn. >> you may remember that. a british nurse died friday, three days after she accepted that infamous call from two
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radio d.j.s in australia impersonating the queen and prince charles. there are unconfirmed reports that the nurse killed herself. australia police confirmed they have been contacted by police in london and the company that owns the radio station will cooperate. on a happier note, wedding bells are ringing in washington state as couples lined up at midnight to get married. >> that is right. same sex couples gathered to say i do as early as 12:01 this morning. hundreds of couples picked up their marriage licenses on thursday, but they had to wait until today before they could officially tie the knot. washington state became one of the first state to pass same- sex marriage by a popular vote. and the holiday season is the busiest time of the year for stores. >> it is also prime time for crooks trying to pass out counterfeit bills. we have more from our consumer
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reports reporter. getting stuck with those bills can cost you time and money. >> reporter: when customers pay, claudia herrera pays attention. since last summer, cashiers at kohl's hardware are required to examine most bills. >> we have a policy every cashier that take as bill $20 or larger must check the bill at least three different ways. >> reporter: back in august they got still with three counterfeit $100 bill, a big hit for this small business. >> there is no recourse. once we take the money, we are out of luck. >> reporter: charles white of the secret service say about 55,000 of the bills show up every week, a number that increases during the holidays. whether it is a bank, business or individual, if they accept it, they are out of luck. >> there is no part of the government that will reimburse them for their lost. >> reporter: the way to say if
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it is real, do a side by side comparison with a bill you know is real. >> you can see the difference right away. >> reporter: he says counterfit can't match the intricate detail in a real bill, something obvious around the portrait. >> it is flat on the paper. >> reporter: other clue, real bills have features like a security thread, watermarks and color-shifting ink. ale kohl's goes one step further using a special pen that only marks fake bills. >> it lets us know what is legitimate and not. >> reporter: because -- . >> nobody want to be the cashier that took the bad bill. >> reporter: counterfeit ers try to goodie you the real with the phoneys to throw you off and they try to get rid of the bills by paying for things they find on craig's list. you could be held liable if you use them.
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mini spy planes flying over the bay area. >> the tug-of-war over public safety and privacy retires. a -- privacy rights. a conversation with a digital electronic engineer, next. and the skies around the bay area have gotten severely clear. plenty of sunshine for you and yet changes on the horizon. details about that as we look live after a break.
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biologists say there has bea rare salmon sighting. cbs 5 reporter don ford tells us y the fish has b . there is something fishy going on in berkeley. biologists say there has been a rare salmon sighting. more on why the fish has biologists so excited. >> reporter: for years this creek along the berkeley albany border has been worked on by engineers to recover strength. landscape architects saw something that surprised even them. >> it was big, 24-inches. >> reporter: a california
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chinook salmon. environmentalists say it is the first time in 50 years a salmon has been seen in this creek, swimming upstream in one of the most densely populated areas of the east bay. >> a lot of people work on this creek, agencies. chinook salmon has never even been in the real many of considerations as we work. >> reporter: fish curators try to see the salmon. it was hiding, and after half an hour it was still hiding, but susan says the creek work is paying off. >> if we give nature half a stab, they will come back. these fish now have a chance here. it is extremely exciting. >> reporter: she is not the only one excited. susan maddox came, too. what did you find? >> nothing. but hopefully that is a good thing and he went back in the bay where he belongs. >> reporter: while everyone
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believes the sighting of one salmon does not mean there is a salmon run through town, but it is a step in the right direction. well, it is a nice day to do some fishing. the sun will be shining. >> it is not a beside idea. really. all the streams are flush with water and presumably with fish. we will get a little more water. we will have to wait until midweek. but the winds will pick up, northwesterly to 20 or 30 miles per hour. then we get plenty of sunshine through tuesday. next rain come into the bay area. not a big rainmaker but it will get things wet, maybe half an inch on wednesday. after that, i will say it in a minute, let's look at this. the eastern pacific and west coast, we have some high clouds that moved over the bay area yesterday. the high pressure is funneling most of the flow over the queen charlotte and british column why and into the inner mountain region. it is leaving us behind.
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because this high pressure is building in, that will cause this northwesterly flow, kind of a dry direction, and as a result. plenty of sun, but as i say, a little windier than it was yesterday. but, what about the rain we were wrapped around last week. it really filled things up around the bay area. san francisco is now 1.5 times above average in time of year. look at these other numbers. santa rosa, more than a foot of rain! but on the other hand, we are nearly the season. it takes numbers to look at the performings and hopefully we continue to get the rain we hope to get. pinpoint forecast calling for temperatures in the mid 6 oswego today. not bad for -- mid 60s today. not bad for december.
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>> well, we will get out there and have a good time. >> if you want to watch the game if you are not there, you can watch it on cbs 5. well, a drone war. >> yes. one california city says they need one for public safety purposes, but critiques are worrying big brother will hop on board. >> having a device like this to look into the area prior to serving a search warrant would be very helpful. >> a decision on whether to buy a drone for the sheriff's office was sent to committee for further study. it is expected to hold a public hearing some time in january and if a previewed it will go back to the board of directors for final approval. the sheriff voluntarily pulled the item from last tuesday's
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agenda. we have several step to get through before it will become reality. >> yes. >> but the aclu and electronic frontier foundation, among others, voiced their concerns. >> the electronic foundation at the meeting, parker hiking ins, told us why -- higgins, told us why he is troubled by the sheriff's proposal. >> there need to be clear rules about warrants. >> reporter: the sheriff said there would be clear rules, using them only for specific purpose, natural disasters, standoffs in which they need to gather intelligence on where a suspect is. >> in this case there is a bit of a word game. that is justification he gay to city council, but when you look at the application, documents acquired, he gave different purpose, things like surveillance and crowd control. that is sort of thing we are
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concerned about. >> why? >> why are we concerned about this. >> right. >> if the police officers are there, they have eye, they are doing the same thing. it is a question of where they are. crowd control. if you have a drone overhead and the police have better informed as to which way the crowd is moving or a protestors is going on down the street, what is bad about that. >> we feel that having a little judicial oversight is not a problem. really, conducting surveillance constantly would be low enough that police may be tempt to do that if there isn't a retirement for washingtons in-requirement for warrants in place. >> we are talking about surveillance. what if you are on public street in the that is not covered by privacy. anybody with a camera can get up on a rooftop and be shooting that. what you are saying, are you saying the police shouldn't do what a private citizen can do? >> well, no.
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there have to be restrictions in place. this is same sort of issue we have seen 2 supreme court address this year. for example, a group of police officers are allowed to follow you in your car. that is something you can do without a warrant, because you are on public streets. they said we should be able to drop a gps device on there and monitor you constantly. it is no different. >> the court said there is a difference. >> there is a substantive difference when it is a $300 device that you can there more months, vs. having a agent there 24 hours a day. that is worth a reasonable expectation that comes into play. people may understand other people have cell phones, officers in a crowd, but you don't expect a robotic camera frying above you 24 hours a day. >> let's not throw out the baby with the bath water here. are you willing to talk more with the sheriff's office about applicable resumes with your group and the aclu? >> sure, definitely. we think there should be
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restrictions, but it doesn't mean there should be no cameras or drones. there are absolutely good reasons for environmental or otherwise. >> what about using them as a patrol vehicle. if you are in alameda county and somebody has a meth lab or various other things going on out there, this thing could be flying around and checking places out. are you as opposed to that, as well? >> well, it separates us from the idea of an officer in a patrol vehicle and that is a little alarming. for as long as there have been patrol vehicles there has been that kind of discretion put in place by the fact there has to be a person there. yes, for what a person can see from public streets. i think this idea that a camera would be gathering all that information without a person, you could imagine it is not just one drone. these are cheap to acquire. cheaper than an officer, and
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could fly constantly. >> that is one of the reasons they want them, because of budget cuts. >> yes. we don't have the officers. it will be an interesting debate. i was talking the with supervisors and it is very up in the air with which way they will go. >> it is going to be interesting. it coming down to the perception of privacy. there is an inherent fear in america about big brother. >> it is a big concern. you see a lot of cameras on public streets these days and outside of businesses. they help catch criminals. >> two things. one in san francisco, a lot of the cameras have actually been used by defense attorneys because they improve their client wasn't the person accused 06 of the crime. that is one thing the aclu may think about. and the other thing, let's not forget when you think of drones, everybody has cameras on cell phones and putting them up on the internet all the time. so, big brother is little brother. >> right. california voters may be
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looking at the bright side of life. >> new numbers showing the state may be go in the right direction when it come to the economy. so, our political insiders sound off on what it all means. i remember the moment clearly. -i'll never forget that moment.
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woman: as long as i live. man: i realized, at that moment, when we first saw the damage, these people really needed us and i was going to make a difference, right here in my community. together with local responders, we cleared trees and collapsed walls. we had to get to the family trapped beneath. as a citizen-soldier, i made a difference. announcer: be there for your community, at nationalguard.com.
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up with san francisco policd the 49ers to collect toys fr kids. volunteers from "operation dream" will collt unwrapped toys at . today a nonprofit organization is teaming up with san francisco and the 49ers to collect toys and gifts. toys for dreams will collect new and unwrapped toys at the gates to candlestick park. there will also be a bucket for cash donations, all part of a drive to deliver gifts to thousands of less fortunate children. feel more optimistic about governor brown and prop 30. . and things may be looking up for california. >> at least what is what the latest poll shows, that people are feeling more optimistic about governor brown in the
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wake of the prop 13. the tax measure. after the tax measure was passed, the governor's job approval rating went town 48%. nearly half of the people now think the state is going in the right direction. that is a difference. but 94% of those polled still believe that the state's fiscal future overall remain as problem. so, with numbers like that, we turned to former mayor and state assembly speaker willy brown and san francisco chronicle political reporter joe garifoli. our first question to the pair is it appears happy days are here again for california voters, but why are they feeling so good? >> they are feeling better. not a management of people are feeling good, but they are -- not a majority of people are feeling good, but they are feeling more optimistic. they think is state is on better financial footing. >> did you ever take stock when the public was feeling better or worse?
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>> no, are youing me? i am more -- are you kidding me? i am more concerned about the votes. the public was basically in second place. i had to make sure the leadership was able to do what the leadership needed to do by first surviving and then working on products. period. and believe me, in the old days we didn't have any way to measure understandly public reaction. now you can measure public reaction in the middle of your debate. you can have people tweeting and responding on the floor as you debate. it is horrible. >> it is interesting. the polling that goes on and the amount of polling used during elections, now it is nonstop. >> it is 24/7. how are people feeling about prop 30, prop 13? there is instant analysis constantly. i think that leads the a little paralysis, don't you think? >> it totally and completely removes the deliberate process in. many cases people are expressing themselvess in the
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polls and have no idea what they are talking about. they don't know the comprehensive nature, how it affects modesto, versus st. marys. they don't know any of those things. >> and the lobbyists and special interest groups walk in and say state assemblyman, here is a poll of your district and how it is playing. >> i give, i give! >> now we are making a point. >> yes. i want to make sure the member understands i am equal to the lobbyist. >> that is the only poll that matter in the. >> knocking on the door with a lot of cash. [ laughing ] >> sad but true. coming up, one more look at this morning's top stories. >> that include as deadline for the fiscal cliff and compromises from both sides of the aisle. >> we will be right back.
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al cliff. with . welcome back. let's take a look at this morning's top stories. >> yes. we are back and forth on how to avert the fiscal cliff. it is just 22 days before the deadline and president obama says he is willing to cut entitlements and speaker john boehner is showing signs of not ruling out a tax hike for top earners. >> and muni is contemplating restructuring its fare structure based on income. a study on the issue is being conducted due to riders' mixed feelings about it. and weather. lots of sunshine? >> yes. we have temperatures mostly in the mid 60s. 64 at concord. 62 at fairfield. here in the city 64 degrees an san jose should see 64. the next chance of rain wednesday. in the meantime, sunshine. >> okay. let's do another season story. the season of giving continues at the san francisco bar pilots team one firefighters again this year. >> yes. they are all acting like elfs.
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the pilots became santa's own workshop. they assembled 130 bikes for children donated to the fire department toys for children program. they also contribute toys for families in need. very cool! thank you for joining us this morning for cbs 5 eyewitness news. we hope you enjoy the rest of your sunday. >> and you can check out the news at sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com and at 5:00 on cbs 5 eyewitness news after the 49ers game, as well. i am going to!